Natural Disasters

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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 5:44pm

Matthew is my worrier, so we try to limit what he is exposed when it comes to disasters because he does have nightmares, stresses about it, and just has lots of anxiety.

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Registered: 03-24-2005
Fri, 03-11-2011 - 10:27pm

Lucas would get nervous about things like that when he was younger and would ask questions like "can that happen here?".

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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 10:58am
Ben's always been my worrier. We actually went through a period of several weeks of anxiety because of a science show. It said the sun was going to go supernova (basically explode I guess) and anyone on earth would die from cold. Ben didn't latch onto the fact that this wouldn't happen for another zillion years (if ever). **eye rolling**

As for the recent things, both him & Alex (13 & 10) know what happened and viewed some pics online. (we live in a "no TV news" zone at our house) Both are old enough to understand that it couldn't happen here. We are nowhere near the coast and other than a blizzard, we luckily don't have to contend with any true natural disasters. We've talked about it more in the "how will Japan recover", "will our military go help", and what causes an earthquake and/or tsunami to happen context.

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Sun, 03-13-2011 - 11:04pm
Yep, Jacob is the same way. We had to talk a lot this weekend about the tsunami warnings and such. He was worried the water could reach us and I had to explain how there was too much land, mountains, etc between us and the coast. He's been watching the news online all weekend and we just talk a lot about it. It is so hard when they are worriers like this.

On a funny note, our local paper did a story on how we can expect an earthquake in our area within the next 50 years. Jacob said, "don't worry mom, I'm sure you'll be dead before it hits". Nice Jacob, nice.

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 8:19am

LOL Kristy! I could hear that coming out of either of my boys mouths!

Mine get overly worried sometimes too and they're glad we're on the east coast. They are worried about the nuclear reactors though.


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Registered: 10-28-2005
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 8:41am

Would it help the boys if they could help out? We have a couple of ideas here that they might help with:

Disaster in Japan: How You Can Help

http://www.ivillage.com/disaster-japan-how-you-can-help/4-a-331756


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Registered: 06-09-2005
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 8:12pm

There are 2 things that get Joshua going. First, wildfires~right around his 3rd birthday, we lived in california and there was a HUGE wildfire. My brothers family had to be evacuated from his house, and he brought all his vehicles and "prized possesions" to our house, then went to my sisters. Then my sister who was on the opposite side of town had to be evacuated. Then we almost had to be evacuated because of it. He really remembers it and was pretty traumatized by it, because anytime he smells smoke, or sees wildfires on tv he has a panic attack. It's awful.

He also has major trauma about tornados and thunderstorms. I fully blame this on his father for watching Twister with him right before we moved here. Anytime we get warnings or the sirens go off he goes into full meltdown. I mean he literally runs in circles screaming. I think I'm finally getting him to realize that just because there is a warning, we don't need to panic. When we get warnings now, he actually just starts getting things prepared in case we have to go to the neighbors basement.

Thankfully he hasn't really seen much about Japan, as we usually don't watch the news on tv unless it's gonna storm, but I can imagine he will ask soon if he sees or hears about it.


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Registered: 06-09-2005
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 8:14pm
That is too funny Kristy!

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Registered: 03-24-2005
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 7:32am

Kristy, that is so funny!

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Registered: 03-24-2005
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 7:37am

Debbie, I actually thought of Joshua when this question was posted, because I remember his weather fears.

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Tue, 03-15-2011 - 7:38am

I went to the store with my youngest yesterday and we had a conversation that reminded me of this thread.

8yo: I'm not saying that she's old but I don't think Grammy is going to be around much longer.

Me: My mom? (Because we call her Grammy


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